November 4, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Lately, as new technologies emerge and eventually converse with each other, growing awareness and concern has taken over tech developers and company chiefs since the fact that artificial intelligence is here to stay and there is no way of stopping it or is there?
Let's take a look at the good AI is bringing for us before we acknowledge what worries the tech community and perhaps the entire society:
Artificial Intelligence is outgrowing itself rapidly each day, from self-driving cars or autonomous supercomputers like Watson; they can make the best out of any task they are programmed to take care of. Created by humans to make things "faster, better, stronger", artificial intelligence is about making building machines that can think and act intelligently, and learn from it.
At this moment, most applications are created and used for the benefit of mankind with tools such as transport, facial recognition, natural language processing or internet searches that make our lives easier and more secure every day. Soon AI will be authorized and able to operate in matters of law, jurisdiction, devices, and programs that will take care of your information, computer crashes, transactions, etc., all of it for the benefit of you and your loved ones. And that's ok.
The impact that Amazon, Google, Recurrent.ai, Wai Yun AI, and Microsoft are making is rapidly accelerating the "AI race". You see, the AI you're aware of as a user every day is called "narrow AI", this means that this kind of artificial intelligence, while autonomous and self-learning, is designed to take care of a specific task. Take for example Google's search algorithms, they know what to look for and how to behave when they find it, just that.
General AI (AGI or strong AI) on the other side is about outperforming humans at nearly every cognitive task. An evolved AI, which is what most researches work on and want to achieve would have your car do exactly how you would do it, same with your pacemaker, airplane, your automatic trading system or your power grid.
The ultimate goal for Strong AI is to self-learn, is this bad?
The case of autonomous weapons is one to take a close look at. As with most technologies, AI will find itself increasingly used for military applications. A war, defense systems, or a battlefield filled with robots could become a dangerous reality if the machines go awry.
Who would take responsibility for an accident? Or much worse, a human life?
Many companies -including thousands of Google companies have pledged not to develop AI technologies for harmful use. Still, it is common knowledge that Amazon and Microsoft are doing so. There is pressure for another digital Vienna Convention to regulate and agree on these matters. Technologists still claim that any AI they design and develop is not authorized or capable of making "combat decisions" on its own, that it will always rely on a final decision made by a human. How sure can you be of this assumption when things like this happen:
Months ago, Facebook shut down its robots after detecting that they might have developed their own language and might be communicating fluently on their own. These two artificially intelligent programs appeared to be talking in a language only they understood.
The two Facebook chatbots created their own changes to the English language; this made it easier for them to communicate though it remained a secret to the humans looking after them. Facebook was pushing for its robots to start a chat and negotiate towards a trade that included balls, hats, and books. Each item was given a certain value; suddenly negotiations broke down as the robots appeared to be exchanging information, chanting at each other in a language incomprehensible to humans.
The developers' flaw was not to specify the machines to use comprehensible English to negotiate with each other, which allowed them to create their own "shorthand" version. After the negotiations in this language were decrypted, technologists found out that the trades had taken place effectively and that the conversations showed interest in a specific item. Researcher Mike Lewis justified shutting down the chats when he said: "our interest was having bots who could talk to people".
Google was another one to reveal that the AI it uses for its Translate tool had created its own language, which it would translate things into and then out of. But the company was happy with that development and allowed it to continue.
A worried Elon Musk commented: "The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I'm not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening in the five-year timeframe. 10 years at most."
To exist, AI has to be created by man; but if AI self-learns creation and assumes the autonomy to suggest and execute final decisions according to its judgment, what happens next?
Perhaps this dog needs a leash.
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